It is with deep sadness that we share this news. Hubert Picquier, a true icon of Burgian tennis and former eminent member of the COMEX of the FFT, recognized for having joined the padel at the heart of the federation's strategy in 2018, unfortunately left us on the night of Saturday to Sunday at the age of 67.

A pillar of sport in Bourg-en-Bresse

Hubert Picquier was passionate about sport, but above all about tennis. His sudden disappearance occurred during the night of Saturday to Sunday last, the causes still remaining unknown. Hubert Picquier, a man committed to the development of padel in France, passed away at the age of 67, after devoting a large part of his life to Burgian sport.

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Hubert has dedicated his life to the sporting world. While he was president of the Regional Commission of Arbitration of the league of Lyonnais, he founded the school of young referees of Ain. But beyond its multiple commitments, Above all, Hubert remained the founder of the Bourg-en-Bresse Tennis Grand-Prix, a tradition he perpetuated for 31 years.

He was a solid and indispensable pillar of Burgian tennis. In 2017, Hubert Picquier obtained a seat on the Executive Committee of the French Tennis Federation, thus marking its entry as a major player in the promotion of padel in France.

Trigger of padel French

If you padel French is where it is today, it is partly thanks to the contribution of Hubert Picquier. In 2014, the padel passes under the aegis of the FFT, the discipline progresses little by little with the birth of many clubs and fields, but for nearly four years, the padel will remain in the background of the federation.

En 2018, the FFT is going to change its tune and decide to review its strategy concerning the padel. The small yellow ball, hitherto carried by the involvement of private clubs, was propelled by the initiative of Hubert Picquier (under the chairmanship of Bernard Giudicelli), member of the FFT Executive Committee in charge of clubs and equipment. He thus undertook tostrongly develop the padel in the national territory".

According to him, at the time, “the FFT had taken the measure of the growing importance of padel in France and she wanted to invest there in France as in the international".

Hubert Picquier was significantly involved, initiating the creation of an elite circuit, increasing budgets and subsidies, organizing the training of teachers of padel. The objective of the FFT was clear: to place this discipline at the heart of its strategy.

And his actions did not stop there. In May 2020, it launched the Support and Recovery Plan (PSR), on budget of 35 million euros and aimed at supporting the entire ecosystem of French tennis as well as its related disciplines. Clubs padel affiliates were thus able to benefit from this aid, as well as eight high-level players, following the post-Covid-19 period.

The creation of national teams, the development of the Ten'Up application, as well as the establishment of diplomas for teaching and refereeing illustrate the inexhaustible ambitions of Hubert Picquier. He occupied a central position in the democratization of this discipline in France.

In 2021, Arnaud Di Pasquale was appointed Mission Director Padel within the new FFT team, with the aim of intensifying communication around the padel. The rest is now familiar: the advent of the Greenweez Paris Major 2022 and the launch of a new edition scheduled for September 3 to 10.

Hubert Picquier even contributed to the birth of the FIP Rise in Bourg-en-Bresse. This new adventure emerged thanks to the initiative of six former tennis referees, gathered under the label of the Young Arbitrators of Ain. Their goal was to revive an event that had left its mark in the history of Bourg-en-Bresse: the Open Overlook! This time it was the turn of padel to take center stage. FIP Rise Bourg-en-Bresse is scheduled for November 21-25.

Hubert's passion for padel was limitless. History will remember the involvement of this great man for our sport.

After the death of Marina Ponzio just over two weeks ago, here is the padel French is once again in mourning with the loss of another emblematic figure of our sport.

Hubert Picquier - the great gentleman of padel French

The team of Padel Magazine sends its most sincere condolences to the Picquier family.

Vincent Gallie

A fan of oval football, round ball but also racket sports, he was stung by the padel during his adolescence in Galicia. As comfortable in front of the camera as behind a microphone, Vince will be able to bring his vision and expertise as a fan of the little yellow ball.